Startup business tools
What are Startups?
Giving a strict definition of a “startup” is not that easy but one can say that they match at least three different criteria:
- have skyrocketing sales or/and a fast growing user base with a potential to reach $50m or more in revenue
- start with a handful of employees and in a few years reach 100 or more employees
- are on the track to be worth $500 million or more at some point in their existence
This is Alex Wihelm’s 50, 100, 500 rule, which naturally excludes all companies who are either above or never in line to reach such performances.
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Why should you launch a startup?
First, before launching anything, you should have a problem to address. Then, once you sense that there is a real need to address the issue and that your idea can be a first approach to solving it, it is time to think about laying the first bricks. Above all, you need to be convinced that you are capable of solving this problem at some point, and that a certain passion arouses from this. Caution, the startup format may not be adequate for a number of activities and sometimes it is best to start a firm or go out as a freelance.
What do you need to launch a startup?
To launch a startup, a few key things are needed:
- a problem
- the skills needed or the ability to acquire/recruit them
- financial resources
- exceptional leadership and management skills (people have to be willing to work with and for you).
- experienced professionals around you or in your team (former startup founders, startup studios, incubators, accelerators, advisors).
- a series of tools to accomplish all of the above (applications, methodologies, excel files and presentations).
On this last point, the Eloquens Startup Community provides battle-proven tools to help you start, develop and lead your business to success, in the form of excel sheets, PowerPoint presentations, methodologies and techniques. Examples: Financial Plan Templates, KPI Dashboards, SaaS, Freemium and E-Commerce Startup Business Models etc.
- An Excel Cap Table and Exit Waterfall for Entrepreneurs565 remove_red_eye64
The Marketer’s Guide to KPIsUse these marketing KPIs and metrics to ensure your team performs to its full potential.150 remove_red_eye15freeby KlipFolio
Startup Excel ModelA startup financial model that can be sent to a Venture Capital, Private Equity Firm or Hedge Fund.2,239 remove_red_eye309
Ultimate Startup Cap Table and Return Analysis Excel TemplateSample cap table excel template with exclusive waterfall return analysis.1,168 remove_red_eye185
How to Write a Business PlanTo-the-point business plan format methodology aimed at 15-20 slide length.525 remove_red_eye71
Startup Valuation VC Method + excel SpreadsheetExcel template made to understand how VCs value the money that will be used to invest in a startup1,142 remove_red_eye144
SaaS Financial ModelA simple 12-month SaaS financial model customisable to your startup precise conditions and needs.626 remove_red_eye87
The One Page Business PlanHave in a single page, the essentials of your future business in a very organized manner347 remove_red_eye51
Startup Financial Model TemplateA simple financial model for an early-stage startup/anyone building a model for a company1,350 remove_red_eye147freeby David Teten
Freemium Business ModelCustomize a ready-made financial model for your Freemium Web Services Business853 remove_red_eye142
Business Assumptions & Risk Exercise TemplateLearn what you need to learn and test yourself by challenging your belief system for your big idea105 remove_red_eye16
Talking To Humans (The Book)Success starts with understanding your customers - this book will teach you how to do it.354 remove_red_eye58
SaaS Metrics DashboardA simple KPI sheet for early-stage SaaS startups with a low-touch sales model.1,010 remove_red_eye146
SaaS Revenue Forecasting ModelFull-packed revenue forecasting model to help SaaS founders take better decisions with key indicators.279 remove_red_eye29freeby Noah Barr
E-Commerce Metrics GuideFor entrepreneurs to understand the data necessary to scale any new e-commerce.192 remove_red_eye30freeby Jeff Solomon
Sample Financial ModelTemplate for determining cost realities and financial projections for potential investors' demands.1,892 remove_red_eye236
How to write the Perfect Executive SummaryAn overview of the key elements for an efficient executive summary to investors.153 remove_red_eye19
How to perfect your PitchLearn how to win the hearts and minds of investors with a compelling pitch.177 remove_red_eye26
movieModeling Sales Data for E-commerce businessesUsing MS Excel's Business Intelligence features to analyse sales data.365 remove_red_eye60freeby Ashish Mathur
SaaS Metrics Excel TemplateA standard SaaS reporting excel template for entrepreneurs to customize.733 remove_red_eye119freeby Amit Karp
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